Body of Consol worker in coal slurry pond recovered

December 14, 2012

LUMBERPORT, W.Va. (AP) – The body of a worker missing since Nov. 30 in a West Virginia coal slurry pond has been recovered.

Consol Energy spokeswoman Lynn Seay said Friday the body of 58-year-old Markel J. Koon of Shinnston was found inside the cab of the bulldozer he was driving when an embankment collapsed.

The dozer with Koon inside was swept into the massive Robinson Run prep plant impoundment near Lumberport, along with two pickups and other men who survived.

Dive teams located the dozer and repositioned a pipe with built-in water jets that pushed away the muck so they could see the dozer.

During a dive Friday, they cut open the canopy and found the victim.

Koon was a 37-year Consol employee.



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